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Jim Rutherford signs extension to stay Penguins GM

Stanley Cup championship made him first to manage two teams to titles in post-1967 expansion era

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Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford signed a three-year contract extension Friday.

Rutherford, who was named the NHL General Manager of the Year at the 2016 NHL Awards, is signed through the 2018-19 season.

He played a big role in constructing the roster that helped lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup last season. He traded for forwards Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nick Bonino from the Vancouver Canucks, and signed free agent forwards Eric Fehr and Matt Cullen. And during the season he made trades for forward Carl Hagelin and defenseman Trevor Daley.

Rutherford's most important move might have been hiring Mike Sullivan as coach to replace Mike Johnston on Dec. 12. The Penguins went 33-16-5 in 54 games under Sullivan, and their 71 points in that span were tied for third in the League. They ended up second in the Metropolitan Division.

The 2016 Stanley Cup was the second of Rutherford's career; he also was the GM of the Carolina Hurricanes when they won the Cup in 2006. He is the first general manager of the post-1967 NHL expansion era to manage multiple teams to Stanley Cup titles.

Rutherford is one of five active GMs with multiple championships on his resume, joining the Chicago Blackhawks' Stan Bowman (three), the Toronto Maple Leafs' Lou Lamoriello (three), the Detroit Red Wings' Ken Holland (three) and the Los Angeles Kings' Dean Lombardi (two).

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